Sonoma Coast Wine


The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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  • Failla

    History of the Brand While the history of Failla (pronounced FAY-la) is short it is not withou...

  • Cobb

    Cobb Wines was established in 2001 by Ross and Stephen Cobb and their parents David and Diane to ...

  • Flowers Vineyard & Winery

    As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combin...

  • Meeker Vineyard

    Charles and Molly Meeker bought their first vineyard in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley in 1977,...

  • Casa de la Cruz

    Casa de la Cruz wines are a companion label of Keller Estate Winery. These lovely entry level Cha...

  • The Lily

    The Lily Windmill is an authentic 16th Century design brick "ground-sail" mill. The five story f...

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  • Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Tresor Reserve 2001


    An 'ok', was expecting or shall I say hoping for much more given the age, but rather disappointed. Most probably not stored correctly and past its prime. Cedar and Chocolate with a long dry finish. Not very complex and for the price, many, many far better others available. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • If 2010 was cold and things couldn't ripen, then how to explain 2011 ... ... ... summer would be like Sonoma Coast's hot and Napa's "warm."&nbs Read More

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  • E X S Block Nine Syrah Sonoma Coast 2009


    A bit lackluster, not much stood out. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • E X S Block Seven Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2008


    Memorable bouquet. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Knotty Vines Zinfandel Northern Sonoma, Sonoma County 2012


    Black fruit and earth are strong on the nose. Blackberry preserves and leather palate with cinnamon and clove spice, a good dose of candied black currant, well integrated oak, bramble fruit and vanilla. Good clean finish is long and simple with powdered sugar and cream to accompany the overriding blackberry flavors on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Schug Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Coast 2013


    Medium intensity peach aromas with light grapefruit and lemon zest to follow. Meaty and juicy flavors of lemon, peach, pear and green apple mingle on the firm and intense palate. There's enough balance and structure here to stand up to a variety of foods and flavors, while being interesting enough to drink on its own. Very good and well made wine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2012


    Slightly herbal notes of blackberry and black cherry, with a hint of basil. Flavors are full and round, full of cassis, a bit of leather, loads of well balanced oak and cream and a nice warming heat. Finishes clean and long with a bit of tobacco, leather and cocoa powder. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Rodney Strong Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc Northern Sonoma County 2013


    Light lemon and grapefruit aromas. Flavors are clean and fresh with light acidity, grapefruit, peach and melon flavors, cream and orange blossom. This attractive wine is priced very well for the complexity and is drinking perfectly right now. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Decoy Sonoma County Zinfandel 2012


    Rich black fruit aromas of blackberry and bramble fruit. Flavors are full with candied plum, fresh blackberry compote, cassis, blueberry and a hint of toasty oak. The concentrated flavors follow through to the long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Decoy Sonoma County Merlot 2012


    Plump black fruit aromas and warm baking spices mingle on this inviting nose. Flavors are full of warm California sun - they're big ripe and juicy, with clove, blackberry, toast and black cherry. Clean and well balanced wine, worthy of Duckhorn's name as a Merlot of quality. Read More

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